New Hitachi Class 802/3 bi-modes are due to enter traffic between London King’s Cross and Hull from early December.
The first of five five-car ‘802s’ destined for open access operator Hull Trains was delivered to Eastleigh on November 7. The five sets, branded Paragons, will receive HT’s new livery at the Hampshire depot before undergoing mileage accumulation on the East Coast Main Line.
Hull Trains Managing Director Louise Cheeseman explained: “On arrival in the UK, they are required to pass fault-free running on the tracks as part of final safety checks, before undergoing the final stages of training and familiarisation with our staff.
“We expect the new Paragon fleet to commence operating in passenger service early in December 2019.”
For the FULL story, read RAIL 892, published on November 20, and available digitally now.
To read about the launch of the trains, read RAIL 893, published on December 4, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from November 30.